Laura Stout, Dallas, Tx
Anybody have any contact with this person? She (?) has written me twice talkiNg about buying my art. The English was pretty good but not perfect. She spoke of buying one painting, then attached 4. Of course, there was the obligatory red flag in that her husband will send the check…but he’s not home right now…my assumption is that this is a scam…it fits so many patterns we’ve seen. Let me know if you know anything?
This is a money laundering scam. They send far more than the price asked( who does that???) lol Then they ask you to refund the difference, the result is clean money as it has come from a legitimate account, yours.
The rule of thumb
if it looks too good to be true, then it’s a scam.
I had the exact same experience, only the name and location in Texas were changed. The scammer’s English was flawless and they seemed quite legit. But when I researched their name on Spokeo, PeopleFinder etc. , nothing came up. When I did a search for the address they wanted the art sent to, it turned out to be a very nice condo that had recently sold. The listing agent’s name was posted so I called him on the chance that possibly the new buyers were whom I was dealing with and they wanted artwork for their new home. Haha. The real estate agent told me I was the second artist to contact him and that the other artist’s story was the same as mine. The condo’s new owners were not the same individuals that had contacted me and were not looking to buy any art. I am really glad I made that call; it saved me from being scammed. There’s a very helpful section on PayPal’s web site that offers ways to protect yourself from unscrupulous people. I recommend it highly. Had I known about its existence sooner I could have saved myself from wasting time and getting my hopes up.
I have the same experience. Same name and location. I actually sent her the artwork and she sent me a money order with so much money, more than I asked for!
I deposited it today. Still waiting for it to show in my account.
The weird thing is that she wanted me to send her the difference back in 3 separate money orders. Weird!
I don’t know what this means!